Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a ballooning of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the human body, which extends into the abdomen. If the wall of this blood vessel becomes weakened, it can stretch, "balloon" out and rupture. A rupture, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. The exact cause of this condition is unknown. However, it often occurs in older adults, especially males, those with a high cholesterol level, and in smokers. There also tends to be a genetic link to this disorder.
Scientists at deCODE genetics and academic colleagues from the Netherlands and twelve other countries across Europe and North America today report the discovery of a common single-letter variation (SNP) in the sequence of the human genome conferring risk of a range of vascular diseases. The SNP confers risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), early-onset heart attack, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and pulmonary embolism, independent of other known risk factors.
Ethicon, Inc., a worldwide leader in surgical care, announced today the introduction of ETHICON™ OMNEX™ Surgical Sealant, ETHICON™ Biosurgery's first synthetic sealant designed to achieve adjunctive hemostasis (stoppage of bleeding) in vascular reconstructions by mechanically sealing areas of leakage. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted approval of the Premarket Approval Application (PMA) for ETHICON™ OMNEX™ Surgical Sealant.
The vascular surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston have traditionally repaired thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAA) with a clamp and sew (CS) technique that includes neuro-protective adjuncts like epidural cooling and aggressive intercostal reconstruction (IC) to prevent spinal cord ischemia.
Endologix, Inc., developer of minimally invasive treatments for aortic disorders, announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its expanded offering of Powerlink® stent graft products. The approval covers 31 new sizes of Powerlink® main body bifurcated, proximal extension, and limb extension stent grafts that increase the system's addressable patient population by 5% to 10%.
A regional quality improvement effort aimed at increasing the use of preoperative beta-blocker usage to help prevent postoperative myocardial infarction was revealed today at the 64th Vascular Annual Meeting presented by the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Preoperative statin therapy has a protective effect on patients undergoing elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair that reduces risk and subsequent total hospital costs according to a new study from researchers at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, North Carolina.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms have been considered mainly a man's problem. Men, more often than women, develop a weakened and bulging area in the aorta, the body's largest artery, which poses a risk of rupture. But according to the May issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, women aren't risk free.
The DNA Medicine Institute announced today that it has received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Eugene Y. Chan, M.D. titled "Optomagnetic Finger Scanner for Malaria."
According to a new report by iData Research, the leading authority in medical device and pharmaceutical market research, the U.S. peripheral vascular device market is worth $2.8 billion with expected growth to over $5.3 billion by 2016. Increased detection and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are the main drivers of this market, particularly in the stent-graft and peripheral vascular stent segments. These markets are both expected to exceed $1 billion by 2016.
EntreMed, Inc., today announced the addition of Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) to the Phase 2 multi-center study entitled "A Phase 2 Study of Oral ENMD-2076 Administered to Patients with Platinum Resistant Ovarian Cancer." Ursula Matulonis, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, will serve as principal investigator.
The Society for Vascular Surgery published its first supplement on diversity articles to its Journal of Vascular Surgery in April 2010.
Endologix, Inc., developer of minimally invasive treatments for aortic disorders, announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in the Company's prospective, multicenter, randomized clinical trial for a bilateral percutaneous approach to endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Anne Feeley, a 55-year-old mother and brain cancer survivor, began a 3,781-mile ride across the country today to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research and support.
University of Michigan Medical School physicians and scientists earned more than $366 million in National Institutes of Health research funding in federal fiscal year 2009, according to NIH data. In all, the School's faculty brought in more than $435 million in research funding from all sources in U-M fiscal year 2009.
Cordis Corporation, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of interventional vascular technologies, announced today that the first patients have been enrolled in the INNOVATION trial, which will assess the safety of a new stent graft system, called INCRAFT™, to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). An estimated 27 million people worldwide have abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researchers have identified a major indicator of two deadly diseases of the heart and blood vessels: heart failure and aortic aneurysm. The absence of the Kruppel-like Factor 15, when combined with stress, leads to both heart failure and aortic aneurysms.
While health policy researchers commonly suggest that geographic variations in the amount of medical care provided can be attributed to hospital costs or physician practice patterns, a new study examining regional utilization of a specific surgical procedure - minimally invasive aneurysm repair - shows that is not the case.
W. L. Gore & Associates announced the launch of a new consumer website, http://www.ultimatesaaave.com, which will serve as an enhanced patient resource on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
The Internet has had a profound effect on clinical practice by providing both physicians and patients with a wealth of information. But with those rewards come risks of incorrect or poorly interpreted information that require that a doctor "never be optional."
When actor John Ritter died suddenly in 2003 from a tear in his thoracic aorta-the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body-that tragedy brought attention to a rare but deadly condition that takes the lives of an estimated 10,000 Americans each year.